Common Experience

WELCOME TO THE IU SOUTHEAST COMMON EXPERIENCE
An annual program designed to cultivate a common intellectual conversation across campus, to strengthen the sense of community at Southeast and in the region, to encourage open discussion, civil discourse, and critical thinking, and to enhance the reputation of Southeast as a regional center of learning excellence.

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Events

All events are free and open to the public.

August

Empathy in Education: Designing Courses that Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Tue., August 19, 2014 
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
University Center 127

Students reap tremendous benefits from an instructor who designs a course and assessment materials in such a way that they are maximally accessible to diverse learners. Explore the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and receive hands-on experience. Have a "light-bulb moment" when you experience a syllabus from the perspective of someone who is blind. Hear the research on how UDL leads to greater teaching effectiveness. It is sponsored by the IU Southeast Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence and the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. Register Today »

Introduction to Autism

Fall Semester, Thursdays 
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hillside Hall 202

EDUC K490/590
#32934
2 credit hours

Classes start the week of August 25, 2014.

Please contact Professor Gwen Shultz of the School of Education if you are interested in taking this class during the fall semester.

September

Do You Really Know Me?

Tue., September 9, 2014 
12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Meadow Lodge

Join us as we provide an open dialogue based on IU Southeast students’ experiences surrounding visible and non-visible disabilities. We hope the conversation provides insight into the individual experience and an understanding of how to engage, support, and advocate for all members of the campus community. Pizza will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by IU Southeast Office of Residence Life and Housing. Abbie Dupay, Manager of IU Southeast Housing Operations, and Jessica Lynch, IU Southeast New Student Programs and Leadership Development Coordinator, will facilitate this discussion.

Understanding Autism

Tue., September 16, 2014 
12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library

Join us as Professors Meghan Kahn and Lucinda Woodward of the IU Southeast Department of Psychology and Professor Gwen Shultz of the IU Southeast School of Education provide an informative session on autism.

Common Experience Movie Night – Temple Grandin

Thu., September 18, 2014 
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Ogle Center Recital Hall

Join us as we watch the 2010 Emmy Award Winning HBO film Temple Grandin. Born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals. Discussion will be led by Kimberly Pelle, Coordinator of Non-Traditional Student Programs, and Matt Springer, Coordinator of Disability Services.

Book Discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003)

Mon., September 22, 2014 
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
New Albany Floyd County Public Library Auditorium

Join us as the New Albany Floyd County Library hosts a discussion of the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003).

October

A Humanitarian Welcome: Understanding Refugee Settlement in America

Tue., October 7, 2014 
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library

The Kentucky Refugee Ministries assists refugees who have been legally admitted to the United States as victims of warfare or other forms of persecution because of their religious or political beliefs. Join us for an informative evening as the members of Kentucky Refugee Ministries discuss their work in helping refugees overcome problems and adjust to life in the United States.

Empathy and Learning about Peoples of the World: A Discussion by IU Southeast Study Abroad Students

Wed., October 15, 2014 
12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
University Center 127

Bring your lunch as you are invited to hear IU Southeast students (current and alumni) talk about their experiences in learning about (empathizing with) other peoples of the world through IU Southeast study abroad programs.

Common Experience Movie Night – Freak the Mighty

Wed., October 22, 2014 
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
University Center 127

Join us as we watch the movie Freak the Mighty. It tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who has dyslexia and is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship between two unlikely young boys. Discussion will be led by Kimberly Pelle, Coordinator of Non-Traditional Student Programs, and Matt Springer, Coordinator of Disability Services.

Empathy for Animals:  Reaching out for Animal Welfare

Mon., October 27, 2014 
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
University Center 127

Join us for a discussion about power of empathy and direct action to change the lives of humans and our animal friends. Erin Huang, Indiana State Director for the Humane Society, Michelle Pruitt, Co-Founder of Uplands PEAK Animal Sanctuary, and Dr. Kelly A. Ryan, IU Southeast Professor of History, will discuss issues related animals rights, companion animals, vegetarianism, and veganism.

November

I Know How You Feel: Having Empathy for and Sharing the Right Words with Others

Wed., November 5, 2014 
12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library

Join us as a panel of faculty members from the Department of Communication Studies share insight into cultivating empathy throughout our lives, learning our emotional intelligence, and sharing the right words with others as they experience challenging times. The following faculty members will speak: Michael Abernethy, Rebecca Carlton, Diane Reid, and Tammy Voigt.

Autism is a World Discussion
Mon., November 10, 2014 
6:30 p.m.
New Albany Floyd County Library Auditorium

Join us as we view and discuss “Autism is a World.”  The documentary shifts preconceived notions about individuals on the autism spectrum.

Discussion of the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003)

Tue., November 18, 2014 
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
3rd Floor of the IU Southeast Library

Join us as students from the IU Southeast Honors Program lead a discussion of the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003).

25th Annual Model United Nations Security Council Conference for High School Students

Thursday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) November 20 and Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), November 21, 2014 
University Center (all rooms including the Hoosier Rooms)

John Stoessinger once said that “Of all the virtues that a world leader…must possess, perhaps the greatest is the gift of empathy.” It is no longer enough to understand another nation with one’s mind; one must learn to feel its essence with one’s soul.” Join us as the region’s most gifted high school students simulate UN Security Council Meetings and address the most important issues facing the world today.

December

Happy Holidays!

January

Balancing Empathy and High Expectations for K-12 Students Who are Challenged

Thu., January 22, 2015 
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library

Join us as a panel of faculty members from the School of Education help future teachers and others understand the challenges faced by K-12 students for whom we need to have empathy due to disabilities, language barriers, poverty, or simply “not fitting in” while still maintaining high expectations. The following faculty members will speak: Professors Lisa Hoffman, Tymika Wesley, Gwen Shultz, Mary Bradley, Shifa Podikunju-Hussain, and Robin Fankhauser.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Wed., January 28, 2015 
7:30 p.m.
Steifler Recital Hall, Ogle Center
“Forgiving Dr. Mengele,” directed by Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh, chronicles a former concentration-camp detainee, who, alongside her sister, suffered unthinkable experiments at the hands of the Third Reich's most notorious medical monster as she attempts to reconcile her past by forgiving the Nazis for their genocidal atrocities. The event is free and open to the public.

February

Understanding the Holocaust
Wed., February 4, 2015 
6:00 p.m.
University Center 127
Dr. Angelika Hoelger who studied History and American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (M.A., 2004) and History at Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 2007; Ph.D., 2011) will present the lecture “Understanding the Holocaust.” The event is free and open to the public.
The Holocaust and the Power of Forgiveness
Tue., February 10, 2015 
6:00 p.m.
Stem Auditorium, Ogle Center
Eva Mozes Kor will speak about the holocaust and the power of forgiveness. In the lobby of the Ogle Center you may purchase a copy of her bookSurviving the Angel of Death: the Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz and she will be available to sign the book after her talk that evening. This event is free and open to IU Southeast students, staff, and faculty and members of the community.

Common Experience Movie Night – Murderball

Thu., February 12, 2015 
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
University Center 127

Join us as we watch Murderball. Murderball is a 2005 documentary film about tetraplegic athletes who play wheelchair rugby. It centers on the rivalry between the Canadian and U.S. teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games. Discussion will be led by Kimberly Pelle, Coordinator of Non-Traditional Student Programs, and Matt Springer, Coordinator of Disability Services.

March

Giving a Woop: Helping Yourself in Helping Others

Thu., March 5, 2015 
12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
3rd floor of the IU Southeast Library

Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Annette Wyandotte and members of the Student Success Action Team will lead a discussion to raise awareness of non-cognitive factors that lead to student success. These factors are grit (resilience), hope (multi-faceted methods to reach a goal), and a mind-set toward growth (the ability to improve through trial and error). The discussants will show (via the FYS Group Peer Mentoring Project) how these qualities (grit, hope, and a mind-set toward growth) can be developed by helping others through a personal or academic challenge.

A Visit to the American Printing House for the Blind

Fri., March 6, 2015 
Leave IU Southeast at 9 a.m.

Join us as we take the IU Southeast Culture Van to the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville and begin to understand the problems faced by the blind.

Understanding Autism

Thu., March 12, 2015 
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Join us as for a talk on “Understanding Autism.”

April

Autism Awareness Month

The Psychology Club will sponsor several events on Autism

For more information please see Professor Meghan Kahn or Professor Todd Manson (Psychology)

Jeffersonville Friday Book Club Discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (2003)

Fri., April 10, 2015 
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Join us as the Jeffersonville Township Public Library Friday Book Club discusses the Common Experience book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003).

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